Q: What of sex, violence, and nudity?
A: Nothing above PG or that can be shown on network TV. Keep it family friendly.
(This is going to limit entries somewhat. I know you may not have a choice here.)
Besides my own standards, I have to limit the standards to those of the con. I pretty much paralleled them to those of the AMV contest.
Here is the latest official rules:
All video submissions must conform to a uniform standard of decency. Videos that contain excessive violence, explicit sexual behavior, excessive sexual innuendo, or excessively explicit lyrics will be disqualified. We are aiming for a PG-13 rating; decisions regarding the suitability of this material will be made by the judges and contest staff. If the otherwise decent submitted film has questionable language or other content and basically is a soft-R, it may be subject to censor (bleeps and black rectangles) to help avoid disqualification. Anything above a hard-R, particularly blatant hentai or other pornography will not be tolerated and may subject the submitter to being blacklisted.
Q: Who can enter?
A: I would like to limit to people of the inter-mountain west United States.
(Don't limit it. I highly doubt you're going to get enough entries from just the west USA to do anything with. Open it up worldwide. Maybe as a stipulation to entry, if it's not in English, the contestant has to submit English subs with it?)
I’ve reconsidered. I originally wanted to focus on the local community, but since I don’t know of any other cons that have such contests and this might help draw more people to Anime Banzai. And yes, subtitles may be used
(what about written permission from an established artist?)
You are allowed to use music with written permission. Just make sure you include a copy of the written permission as well as contact information of the artist as they may be eligible to be nominated for score, original song, or other music category.
BTW, I plan to talk to a lawyer to iron out details of copyrights as originally I wanted to allow doujinshi fan films if the submitter included written permission, but at latest my superior wants only original work.
I really appreciate your interest and input.
And here's the biggie: What is my incentive to enter?
Most people doing original animation spend long, very long hours and blood, sweat, & tears creating their work. Many at an expense also. (I personally have dumped around $10k so far into a movie I'm doing). So what are you going to give me if I were to win? Is there any sort of travel reimbursement the con can give me to fly out for the awards show? Will I get a cash prize? Merch? or just a handshake and a piece of paper?
I understand if you have a limited budget, so you have to do something that will make people want to enter the contest, and you have to make it as accessible to as many people as you can. Is there a cheap but unique trophy you could produce? Something that's really cool looking that people would want on their prize shelf?
Paying for airfare is out of the question. I know we can’t budget that. Nor is cash as this is generally non-profit, but I will see about giving a discount for registration to the nominees. Trophies (possibly made of crystal or glass or a plaque) will be awarded and mailed out for those who don’t make it
I know that these things take tons and tons of work, that is why I am expecting slim pickings for the first year, but if you are already working on a project, you are welcomed to enter.